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Tortelier, Paul

Tortelier, Paul (b Paris, 1914; d Villarçeaux, 1990). Fr. cellist, conductor, and composer. Studied Paris Cons., winning first vc. prize 1930 (playing Elgar conc.). Prof. début 1931 with Lamoureux Orch. Prin. vc., Monte Carlo Orch. 1935–7; 3rd cellist, Boston SO 1937–40; prin. cellist Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Paris, 1946–7, then solo career with world's leading orchs. Eng. début (in Strauss's Don Quixote), London 1947. Lived in Israel 1955–6. Prof. of vc., Paris Cons., 1956–9, Nice Cons. 1978–80. Works incl. 2 vc. concs., conc. for 2 vc., Israel Symphony, vc. sonata, Suite for unacc. vc. Also chamber-mus. player with wife Maud Martin Tortelier (b 1926) cellist, daughter Maria de la Pau (b 1950) pianist, and son Yan Pascal Tortelier, violinist and cond.

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Tortelier, Paul (1914–90) French cellist. He made his concert debut in 1931. Tortelier is celebrated for his interpretations of Bach and Elgar. In 1957, he became professor at the Paris Conservatoire, where his pupils included Jacqueline Du Pré. His son, Yan Pascal Tortelier (1947– ), is a noted conductor.

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